Every year I identify my personal favorite posts, and it’s time for my end-of-year selection.

You can see my choices for each of the past ten years here.

And you can also see a list of my My All-Time Favorite Posts!

I’ve also been highlighting some of the “best-of-the-best” in the “A Look Back” series.

I’m adding this list toAll 2018 Mid-Year “Best” Lists – In One Place!

Here are My Favorite Posts In 2018 — So Far:



It Looks Like “Building Intrinsic Motivation in the Classroom: A Practical Guide” Will Be The Title Of My Next Book

“Four games for vocabulary development”

Guest Post: Classroom Management – Redirecting without Escalating

Highlights From First Two Weeks Of The Online Book Chat About Our New ELL Book

“How Income Affects The Brain” & What We Can Do About It

“Culturally Responsive Teaching in the ELL Classroom”

Guest Post – “As the New Moon Grows, We Can Too: How Educators Can Learn More About Muslim Students During The Month of Ramadan”

A Few Simple Phrases To Help Keep Students Engaged

Video: Katie & I Share ELL Instructional Strategies

“How to Use Oral Presentations to Help English Language Learners Succeed”

Guest Post: How One Of Our Teachers Has Approached The Stephon Clark Shooting In Class

ALL Student Reproducibles From Our New Book Are Now Available To Everybody!

How Our Intermediate ELLs Taught Our Beginner ELLs About World War One Today

Revised Extensive Outline, Including Student Exemplars, For TOK Essay Unit

New Video: English Language Learners Share What Helps Them Learn

“Micro-Writing for English Learners” Is My New Article In ASCD’s “Educational Leadership”

Important Reminder That We Need To Praise Process To Support A Growth Mindset

Three Videos Of English Language Learners Giving Advice To Teachers

“How Smart Do You Make Others Around You?” Has Been A Useful Question For Me To Ask In Class

We Need To Talk More About Schools As Mediating Institutions

“Active Listening: Using Times Videos, Podcasts and Articles to Practice a Key Skill”

Take Two: Revised My TOK Oral Presentation Materials AGAIN

New Meta-Analysis Identifies Instructional Strategies To Help Struggling Adolescent Readers

Intriguing New Study On “Student Engagement” & How To Define It

One Of The More Interesting Studies You’ll Read This Year: Junk Food & Low-Income Families

Grading English Language Learners – A Perspective From Two Teachers

English Language Learners Tell Us What Helps Them Learn

Nick Foles Just Gave Teachers A Gift Of A Great SEL Lesson

Geography Writing Frames For ELLs (They Can Be Used In Other Subjects, Too)

In Education, If It Sounds Too Good To Be True, It Probably Is….

A Fourth Step: “I Do, We Do, You Do” and then “You Teach”

Wash. Post Publishes My Predictions For 2018

We [White] Teachers Should Look At This Research When We Feel We Don’t Show Bias In The Classroom

A Look Back: More Studies Finding That If Educators Are Good At Raising Test Scores, They Might Be Missing The Boat With Other Skills

Helping Students Create “Public Narratives”

No Surprise But A Good Reminder – Critical Feedback Generally Only Works If People Feel They Are Valued

Am I The Only Teacher In The World Who Had Not Heard Of The “Stapleless Stapler”?

“The Banana Principle” Is A Useful Way To Talk About – & Implement – Change

Here’s My Tentative Plan For A Support Class For Long-Term English Language Learners – Tell Me How I Can Make It Better

Wow! Amazing New Video Created By Smithsonian Will Probably Be Used In A Zillion ELL Classes

“Fifteen ways to adapt your textbook so your students aren’t bored to death”

New Research Quantifies The Vocabulary Improvement Generated By Reading – Here’s How I Plan To Use It In Class

One Of My Favorite – & Easiest – ELL Activities To Practice Speaking (Links & Recordings Included)



The Best Resources For Learning About The Teacher Compensation Crisis

A Compilation Of Resources To Support Student Organizing

Revised & Updated: Useful Resources For Learning About Race & Racism

The Best Tools That “Automatically” Create Presentations

The Best Resources For Teaching About The Black Panther Movie

The Best Resources Sharing The History Of Teens Organizing For Justice

New & Revised: The Best Resources I’ve Used In Lessons About Race & Racism

New & Revised: Resources To Help Us Predominantly White Teachers To Reflect On How Race Influences Our Work

New & Revised: A Collection Of Advice On Talking To Students About Race & Racism

The Best Resources On “Differentiated Grading” For English Language Learners

The Best Apps, Online Tools & Other Resources For Math

The Best Videos For Learning Why It’s Important To Study History

The Best Videos For Learning Why It’s Important To Study Geography

A Collection Of My Best Resources On Parent Engagement

A Collection Of My Best Resources On Student Motivation

A Collection Of My Best Resources On Teaching English Language Learners